A view of the award-winning landscape design in the backyard, professionally maintained for your enjoyment.

The outdoor firepit is the perfect spot to relax with the family on a cool night.

There's dining for 8 and a Samsung 52-inch plasma television and DVD player in the great room.

This home cools passively by allowing air to flow completely through the space via retractable glass doors.

Roast marshmallows on the fire pit or soak in the redwood hot tub. The guesthouse is at the back, next to the old water tower.

There's plenty of seating around the firepit for everyone!

The sleek kitchen is well stocked with a Wolf 6-burner gas range, Jenn-Air refrigerator and dishwasher, and All Clad and Le Creuset pots/pans and baking dishes. Don't forget to grab some fresh herbs from the garden out front.

Master bedroom #1 is on the lower level and has a king bed, walk-in closet, original art, ceiling fan, private bath, and garden views.

It's easy to relax in master bedroom #1 with so many places to lounge, even outside in the backyard.

The private bathroom in master bedroom #1 has a tile walk-in shower, and double vanity.

There's an additional office/bedroom option with sofa sleeper downstairs. It opens to the back patio and there's a bathroom nearby.

On the second level, guest bedroom #2 has a queen bed, ceiling fan, and glass doors leading out to a private balcony.

Guest bedroom #3 on the 2nd level has a queen bed, desk, and closet.

Guest bedroom #4 on the 2nd level has a queen bed, and private balcony overlooking the front garden.

The guesthouse has a desk, sofa sleeper and half bath.

Take the path to the guesthouse/office, which is a great place to work when the need arises.

This one-of-a-kind home is a showcase of modern and green design.

The front porch welcomes guests and is a great place to enjoy the balmy Santa Barbara weather.

The Home

Upper East Retreat
An award-winning modern masterpiece
  • Guest Bedroom #2
  • Guest Bedroom #3
  • Guest Bedroom #4
  • Master Bedroom #1
  • Office
  • Studio
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 3 Full Bathrooms & 1 Half Bathroom
  • 3200 FT2
  • 4 Parking Spaces
  • house

Designed by Michelle Kaufmann, an award-winning green architect, and located on Santa Barbara’s Upper East Side, the Upper East Retreat is located in a safe and quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance of the historic Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Gardens. Explore State Street with a bike ride or leisurely stroll to the downtown area. Or bask in the sunshine in the beautiful backyard, where indoor space and outdoor living effortlessly merge into an idyllic backdrop for the ultimate Santa Barbara getaway.

With recent articles in Seasons Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens, this eco-friendly home has earned substantial praise from the press for its “green” construction and design. Multiple indoor and outdoor seating areas create a wonderful environment for families and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Beautiful, brand new furnishings and original artwork accent the modern contemporary aesthetic of this spectacular Santa Barbara home.

The Neighborhood

Upper East Side
Santa Barbara California

The InvitedHome Difference

  • Simple reservations

    We’ve designed our online booking to be as simple as booking a hotel room—except you get an entire, amazing home. Need help finding the perfect place? Just call. We’re here if you need us.

  • 24/7 Service

    Inspired. Dedicated. And committed to providing you with the Best. Vacation. Ever. It’s part of our peace of mind promise. So just like a hotel’s front desk, we offer 24/7 guest services throughout the course of your stay. We’ve built a team of hospitality professionals from some of the finest hotels in the world. So should you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns during your vacation, rest assured we’ll have an answer or solution right away.

  • Handpicked Homes

    Every vacation you take is special. And we believe the home you stay in should be, too. Each and every home is exclusively hand picked and meets our meticulous standards. That’s why whether you’re looking for a sprawling estate or that quaint rustic cottage, you can be confident each is of the highest quality to meet your high expectations. And we certainly have no problem showcasing all the details of each home with crisp photography, accurate descriptions, and even all the little quirks that make it such a unique place to stay.

Your Escape Squad

Meet the People Who’ll Be Taking Care of You
Santa Barbara

InvitedHome provides cleaning, repair, and inspection services for every home in every destination. That means you can expect a consistently great experience no matter where you go.

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Vacation Consultant
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Guest Services Manager
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Project Manager

Guest Reviews

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gorgeous indoor outdoor living

We had a large group of people for my birthday and not only were we all able to cook, lounge, and hang all together in a variety of spaces, but when each of us wanted a little space, there was plenty to be had. The hot tub is really dreamy and I didn't miss a pool at all. One can walk to the beach from the house as well as up and down State St, the Botanic Gardens, the Funk Zone. A truly special place that utilizes space well so that you can feel the separation of outdoor and indoor melt away while you enjoy the California evening. All my friends bookmarked the place and many are already making plans to book it with their families/friends. Everyone benefited greatly from time at this dream home!

sarah h.
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Fabulous vacation house

This house is even more beautiful than the photos. The design beauty is in the integration of the outside gardens into the living space. We had a multi-generational house from age 21 to 90 and it worked for everyone. We had plenty of living space even for a large group of people. One night we had a wonderful dinner outside on the back porch with extra guests, maybe 14 people around the table and it was lovely. Which brings me to the second best feature, this is a cooking kitchen! We ate almost all our dinners in because it was so fun to work in, and of course the Santa Barbara farmers market was gorgeous. To give an example, not only were the knives highest quality - Wustof - but my favorite electric knife sharpener from chef's choice was in the drawer! And it went up from there. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in SB!

Christine M.
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My Dad is a high-end home builder in the Bay Area so I have seen the cream of the crop when it comes to homes – that’s not to be a braggart, but to set a benchmark of my level of expectations when referring to a “luxury home”. Let’s just say that my chin still hasn’t yet been picked up off the floor – that house is absolutely unreal!?! When we pulled up, I would have re-checked the address to be certain we had the right home had it not been for the detailed and accurate photos on your website…not only is the house truly an architectural phenom, but it was pristine and just waiting to be enjoyed. Your binder of instructions and local attractions made us feel right at home from the get-go, and with the twelve thousand i-devices we have, the fact that every room had an i-home dock was just the icing on the cake! The entire weekend was spent at the fire pit and the hot tub, but the house is such a treasure that each room honestly provides its own experience – we were literally researching squatter’s rights before we left as we just didn’t want to go back to reality!?! Thank you again, so much, for the hospitality, and for truly making our getaway weekend “plug-n-play”. What a weekend!!


The Amenities

You’ll enjoy all the amenities you would expect at a fine hotel

From fresh towels and linens to soap and shampoo -- they’ll all be waiting for you upon arrival. But because each one of our vacation homes is so unique, you’ll also enjoy some you might not expect. Take a look below to see what some of this home’s top amenities are.

Top Amenities

  • Dvd
  • Ipod Hookup
  • Outdoor Grill (Gas)
  • Patio
  • Private Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Wireless Internet (Wifi)
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Concierge Services
  • Commercial Grade Appliances
  • Fruit Trees

What You Should Know

What We love

  • Opening the front and back folding glass walls of the home to allow fresh air to permeate the home
  • Relaxing in the hot tub and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit while surrounded by the award winning gardens
  • Picking lemons off the trees in the front yard while you greet the neighbors

What to know

  • There is no off-street parking for this property, but there is typically plenty of street parking on the block.
  • The master suite is the only bedroom with an en-suite bath; the other three bedrooms upstairs share use of two full bathrooms (one upstairs, one downstairs)
  • The downstairs master bedroom is equipped with A/C but, like most homes in Santa Barbara, the rest of the home doesn't have A/C.

What to expect after booking

  • You'll receive a confirmation email shortly after booking.
  • If you've booked more than 60 days prior to your arrival date, we'll send you an email requesting your final payment as that date gets closer.
  • Once you're paid in full, we'll send you an email with the check-in information for your stay, including property access and who to call in case of a problem.

The Particulars

Check-in is at 4:00pm & CHECK-OUT 11:00am

We’re always happy to make you happy. In some cases, it may be possible to grant an earlier check-in or later check-out depending on the booking and maintenance schedule. However, early check-in and late check-outs cannot be guaranteed until 24 hours prior to check-in or check-out date. Please “check-in” with our team for further details.

Cancellation Policy

  • Hit the "Book Now" button a bit too soon? No worries. We offer a 24-hour grace period where any reservation made is eligible for a full refund. Hey, it happens.

  • Your initial payment is 50% of the total, with the remaining balance due 60 days out from checkin. After the 24 hour grace period, all payments become non-refundable.

  • We encourage you to double check everything before you book to make sure you've selected that perfect home, at the ideal time. And while we're on the subject of peace of mind, ask us about our travel insurance package. It's just another amenity we offer to make booking your stay as relaxing as possible.

Rules to stay by

  • Everyone in your group must be over 30 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited at this property
  • The maximum occupancy is 10 people
  • The maximum number of cars at the property is 4
  • A credit card preauthorization of $2,500.00 is required at the time of check-in as a damage deposit
  • Small dogs are considered on a case by case basis with refundable pet deposit.
  • A credit card charge is required for the security deposit, and pet deposit if applicable, at the time of checkin for stays of 30 days or more
Travel Guides ~ Upper East Side
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Complete Guide to Santa Barbara
Sunsets on the beach. Eclectic cuisine on the streets. Salty freshness in the air…and a community with a definitive flair. Santa Barbara is coastal California’s hidden gem, as offbeat as it is off the beaten path. It’s no wonder ...this is such a popular place to escape. Because every single spot of it is uniquely wonderful. (see less)
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Whale Watching Santa Barbara
If you always wanted to go on a whale-watching tour, there’s no better place to do it than Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara whale-watching season is pretty much anytime of year. But there is one caveat. You must decide what species of whale you ...want to see most. Not all migrations take place at the same time. So if you’ll forgive the pun, let’s dive a little deeper. (see less)
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival SBIFF
The stars come out at night and their talents shine bright at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). More than 90,000 fellow film-loving attendees descend on the beautiful downtown area as it welcomes guests from all over the world. ...It’s 11 full-packed days celebrating both independent and global cinema, with celebrity tributes, exclusive screenings, and educational symposiums and seminars that attracts film fans of all ages and all tastes. (see less)

Travel News ~ Upper East Side
Guide to Wine in Santa Barbara
March 06, 2017 Wine aficionados quickly realize that the world of wine in Santa Barbara is multi-faceted, offering an experience that’s both urban and rural. Wine lovers will want to tack on an extra night and set off to discover why Santa Barbara’s ...wine country is so diverse and delectable, one world-class pour at a time. (see less)
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Carpinteria State Beach
March 01, 2017 Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Although dogs are not allowed on beach we have a great picnic area where they are allowed to enjoy the ...outdoors as well. (see less)
Comment There are many National Parks near our vacation rentals. Carpinteria State Beach is certainly a great one. It offers a beach - with lifeguards - for swimming and surfing. We highly recommend a trip here during your Santa Barbara ...stay! (see less)
Wines of Santa Barbara County
March 16, 2017 Wow, with the recent rains and the start of the growing season nearly here you can see the vinyards getting ready for spring. We wanted to know about some of the wines that are made in Santa Barbara County, but, there aren't just some... there are a ...lot. So, we used a great website put together by the Wine Institute of California that lists wines in our area, shows maps and gives great insite on the varietals. You can see more information and see more great wine maps, guides, and stories on their website discovercaliforniawines.com (see less)
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Still Have Questions?

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